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4 DEAD IN AUSTRIA AVALANCHE
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The bodies of four ski tourers have been recovered after an avalanche in the Tirol on Wednesday. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

The avalanche hit at about 12:30 local time close to the Jochgrubenkopf peak in western Austria.

The dead are all reported to be Swiss men.

They were in a group of eight foreign skiers caught in the slide which travelled more than 2km down the mountain.

Three bodies were located quickly and a fourth was found buried several metres below the surface some hours later after an extensive search.

The other four in the group managed to free themselves and alert the rescue services.

A search operation involving mountain guides, alpine police and helicopters was launched. 

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According to the BBC, Rudi Mair from the Tirol Avalanche Warning Service said tonnes of snow had come down in an extremely steep area.

Jochbrubenkofp is at 2,450 metres in the Zillertal Alps to the south east of Innsbruck.

The avalanche had been triggered by a small amount of fresh snow that had fallen on top of several, unstable layers of old snow.

It is thought recent warm temperatures may have played a part too.

Fourteen people have died in avalanche accidents this winter in Austria.

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